Here are this week’s Six Picks to keep you connected to the world of performing arts. Enjoy!
Saturday, April 16, 8 p.m.
It’s an intimate performance with Phillipa Soo, recorded live on stage from New York’s Theater District, in the heart of Times Square, exclusively for Rowan University. Soo is best known for originating the role of Eliza Hamilton in the Broadway musical Hamilton, a performance for which she was nominated for the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Magic for Humans at Home with Justin Willman
Saturday, April 17, 7 p.m.
Enjoy this interactive hour of magic, comedy, and surprises happening right in your living room. Justin is a regular on the Tonight Show, Ellen, and Comedy Central, and is the star and creator of the hit Netflix series Magic for Humans. Now he invites you and your family to join him (on Zoom) for this unique and intimate all-ages experiment. Need more convincing? Watch this!
London West End “Top Hat” Tour
Sunday., April 18, 3 p.m.
Join host, Neil Maxfield, as you take a virtual tour of London’s West End Theatre District! Discover fascinating architecture, anecdotes, and historical figures from the 1700’s to today. Explore stories on failed assassinations to ghosts, scandals and more that still echo the walls and halls of classic theatres.? Hear facts on contemporary musicals, too. Audiences are in for sixty (60) fast-paced minutes of fun!
The Moth Mainstage
Wed., April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Four beloved Moth storytellers share true stories told live from Brooklyn’s beautiful, historic church, St. Ann’s. The Moth is true stories, told live and without notes. The Moth celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. It seeks to present recognized storytellers among established and emerging writers, performers and artists and to encourage storytelling among communities whose stories often go unheard.
Thurs., April 22, 11 a.m.
Celebrate Earth Day at this family-friendly online festival honoring our planet. Watch Animal Tales with American Lore Theater in a family-friendly program featuring live performers, puppetry, animation, and music. Discover how three different animal species are represented in Indigenous folklore as well as in modern stories in this special presentation. There are other great Earth Day activities at this link, too!
White Rabbit Red Rabbit
April 22 – May 2, various nights, 8:30 p.m.
The play is sealed inside an envelope. The actor has never seen it and must only perform it once. They have strict instructions: Do not research this play. Once you start, you must finish…no matter what. It’s an audacious theatrical experiment that’s more exciting the less you know. Since its premiere in 2011, it has been translated into 25 languages and performed over 2,000 times. See Laura Linney and others tackle this once-in-a-lifetime solo performance.
5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Brahms
In the past, New York Times music editors and friends have chosen the five minutes or so they would play to make their friends fall in love with classical music. Now they want to convince those curious friends to love the music of Johannes Brahms (1833-97), master of stirring symphonic exclamations and moody piano solos. They (and we!) hope you find lots here to discover and enjoy.
(Hear the New York Philharmonic play Carlos Santana’s favorite!)